Leukemia treatment facility for children suffering from acute medicine shortage

Leukemia treatment facility for children suffering from acute medicine shortage

The head of the Yemeni Pediatric Leukemia Center has confirmed that the center lacks supportive drugs and is henceforth unable to fully perform bone marrow transplants.

“We treat children with leukemia amid sensitive circumstances, as a result of the acute shortage of the high-quality vital, supportive and chemical medicines,” Dr. Abdul Rahman al-Hadi told Al-Masirah TV.

He pointed out that the shortage of medicines for leukemia patients happened due to the reluctance of some pharmaceutical companies to export them to Yemen, and due to the prevention of their entering the country because of the US-Saudi aggression.

He pointed out that more than 30% of children diagnosed with leukemia need to travel for treatment abroad and are at risk of death due to the closure of Sana’a International Airport.

Al-Hadi added that “the number of pediatric leukemia patients in the center in the capital, Sana’a, has reached nearly 1,300, and we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of patients during the past five years”.

He explained that the center receives large numbers of children’s leukemia cases from all over the country, at a rate of two to three new cases per week.

A year ago, the center revealed an increase in cases of leukemia patients among children from 300 to 700 cases, likely as a result of the US-Saudi use of internationally prohibited weapons used for example in the airstrikes in Attan and Naqum.

The airstrikes have resulted in the injury of a thousand children in the rest of the governorates as well.

Dr. Abd Al-Rahman al-Hadi said that since its opening in 2014, the center had received about 1,000 patients, stressing that 30% of the cases died as a result of their delay in treatment and also as a result of the blockade that prevented them from receiving treatment abroad.

According to al-Hadi, the Leukemia Treatment Center in Sana’a suffers from tremendous pressure that exceeds its capacity because it is the only specialised center in all of Yemen, as the large numbers of patients coming from different governorates exceed the available capacity and medical supplies.